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It’s hard to believe another school year is almost over!! Just before the kids began this school year, we took one last, very quick family vacation to Columbia Missouri, home of the University of Missouri – in an attempt to enjoy every last minute of the summer vacation and the freedom for travel this allows. Also, I think my husband wanted to do a little “pizza research”, in a college town similar to where we live.

We arrived in Columbia during a downpour, and drove straight to Shakespeares Pizza, a local institution since 1973. We were soaked through, as well as hungry, when we hurried through their door, and were welcomed with their eclectic college decor, use of kitchen towels as napkins and counter service for the 3 kinds of pizza we had ordered, which made it a fun and friendly place for dinner after our long drive.

shakespeares pizza

– The outside of Shakespeares Pizza

Unfortunately, although we had a list of activities we had planned to do, we hadn’t researched them in depth and many of them weren’t as kid friendly as we had hoped. But, after a good nights sleep and a light breakfast, we walked around the downtown area, saw the sights, did a little shopping and took a drive around the beautiful University of Missouri campus.

columbia columns

The Columns – once a part of Academic Hall, before it was destroyed by fire

After a very, very long walk over what felt like every trail in the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – we got a little lost – we stopped for ice-cream, mud and all. Then dined at two different pizza restaurants, Imo’s a St Louis style pizzeria, where I first learned about provel cheese, and G&D Pizzeria, a happy combination of pizza, sandwiches, steaks and Greek food.

elise at G&DDinner was at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing. After a long wait, alleviated by sipping a glass of wine, we were seated outside. We shared the sweet potato chips with garlic sour cream, and my son had his first ever taste of cream soda, which is made on premises.

flat branch

– The Cream Soda, crafted at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing

the patio at flat branch

– The lovely outdoor area at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing

We ended the night at an adorable sweets store, Hot Box Cookies – “custom baked -delivered late” – perfect for kids of all ages.

hot box cookies– The Hot Box Cookie store